Neighbour Day Block Party 2016
The Made by Momma Neighbour Day Block Party took place on Saturday, June 18th 2016 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at our resource centre in West Hillhurst.
From the moment we began planning our Neighbour Day celebration at the Made by Momma Resource Centre in West Hillhurst, there was a lot of excitement about sharing our mission with everyone around us. Many of our neighbours had seen our resource centre, but didn’t know exactly what we were all about. We wanted to take this opportunity to share our space with our neighbours and get better acquainted. Each of the board members involved with the planning came to the table with big hearts and big ideas! We had volunteers working on graphic design projects (Special thanks to Rand Al-Hashmy), a Pinterest worthy delicious bake sale, planning crafts, fun games and activities, calling and securing vendors, partnering with a food truck, walking door to door to post our invite, managing social media and of course the ordeal of getting a city permit for our very neighbourly Neighbour Day block party – check out the link at the bottom of this post for a Calgary Herald article about that…
Slight permit woes were not going to stop us from having our big ideas come to fruition. It was a busy 2 months of planning, and we are so thrilled with how the day turned out. So much so that we think we might need to make it last more than just 2 hours next year! We had smiling kids with their beautifully painted faces, pony rides galore, bouncy houses bouncing away and a bake sale to die for! The Avatara Food Truck served up delicious pizza to the crowd and a talented DJ spun some super happy pop music to keep us all tapping our toes!
We were so happy to meet our neighbours and invite them in to see what we are all about. We took this opportunity to also launch two new initiatives: A Little Free Library where anyone can come by and take a book from a huge array of genres that we have sourced, and The Happy Birthday Project which enables families, facing a time of serious adversity in their life, to provide their child(ren) with a special birthday party package.
Thanks to our generous neighbours and volunteers, we raised over $750.00 in our bake sale and cookbook sale, received baby care donations including; 1000 wipes, 736 diapers, 19 baby hygiene items, 6 cans of formula as well as some personal hygiene products.
Check out some pics below! Hope to see you again next year!
With our sincerest thanks,
The Made by Momma team.
Link to Calgary Herald Article: http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/charity-upset-with-750-fee-for-neighbour-day-block-party-event